The word “chakra” comes from the Sanskrit language meaning “wheel” and refers to the subtle energy centers on the body. The origin of Sanskrit is unknown and is believed by some to be one of the Earth’s oldest languages, thought to have been divinely given, with each letter and its corresponding sound relating to an aspect of human nature.
It is usually accepted that there are 7 major chakras going from the base of the spine to the top of the head. Each chakra is described in terms of color, emotion, sound, etc. so, for example, the base chakra, located at the base of the spine, is related to the color red, to instinct and survival and to the earth element, and to the sound of ‘LAM’.
The quality of the flow of energy through our chakras is influenced and demonstrated by how we relate to others, ourselves, and the world around us. Surrounding ourselves with certain colors, stones, and scents can have a balancing effect on these energy centers, thus allowing wellness in body, mind and soul.